Ex-priest Pleads Guilty in Child Molest Case

By Greg Risling
The Union-Tribune

December 2, 2008

LOS ANGELES A former Roman Catholic priest pleaded guilty on Tuesday to molesting a 12-year-old boy two decades ago.

George Miller, 70, of Oxnard entered his guilty plea in a San Fernando courtroom to one count of committing a lewd act on a child under the age of 14.

Miller also admitted to sexually assaulting three other boys whose cases couldn't be charged because of statute of limitation problems, prosecutors said.

Miller faces up to three years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 30. His attorney, Steven Cron, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.

Miller pleaded guilty to a charge of molesting a boy between March 1988 and March 1989 while he was assigned to Guardian Angel Church in Pacoima. He was charged with six counts, but the remaining charges will be dropped after he is sentenced.

A call to the district attorney's office seeking further comment was not immediately returned.

Miller served in the Los Angeles Archdiocese until he was placed on inactive leave in 1997 after being accused of sexual abuse. He was ultimately laicized in 2005.

He was arrested and charged with molesting three boys in the 1970s and 1980s while assigned to the Pacoima church. But the case was dropped when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California law extending the statute of limitations on sex crimes was unconstitutional.

Authorities arrested Miller in July 2007 after the victim in the ongoing case came forward. Miller had befriended the victim's mother and was a guest at the family home, taking the boy on overnight trips, authorities said.

Miller's arrest came about a week after the Los Angeles reached a $660 million civil settlement of claims by more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse.


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